One of the best ways for homeowners in Tampa to keep their plumbing costs at bay is to take steps to prevent plumbing problems from happening and to discover any potential problem as early as possible. Routine maintenance visits from our Tampa plumbing service are the best way to become aware of issues early, but you can also do your own rudimentary inspections.

Regular Visual Inspection

It’s a good idea to be constantly on the lookout for any outward signs that you may have a problem. Be aware of any changes or abnormalities that you may be able to see. The following are ways you can inspect your plumbing yourself, without having to call out a Tampa plumber.

  • Look for signs of leaking from exposed pipes.
  • Look for obvious puddles.
  • Look for water marks coming through the wall, floor, or ceiling.
  • Look for signs of corrosion. Copper and brass pipes and valves will show greenish stains as they corrode, and steel pipes will have orange or yellow stains.
  • Look in your toilet’s tank for any parts that look like they are getting rusty or that may be broken. You will want to have a licensed plumber in Tampa replace any issues you find immediately.
  • Look for mold or mildew growth near your plumbing as it is a sign that there is water escaping the pipes.
  • Look for any cracked or broken tile flooring. Pooling water beneath tile can cause it to break without showing any other signs.
  • Look for signs of rust or corrosion on your water heater.
  • Look for cracks in your washing machine hoses and check the connections for leaking.
  • Look for areas of your lawn that puddle without heavy rainfall.

Test Your Systems

After you have visually inspected your property for any plumbing issues, you will want to test your plumbing systems to ensure that they are all working properly.

  • Keep a constant awareness of your overall water pressure in each system. If the pressure seems to drop over time, you may have an issue with sediment buildup. If the pressure drops drastically and quickly, you have a bigger problem. Either way, a call to one of our Tampa commercial plumbers is in order.
  • Test for issues with drainage. Any drain that does not let water out quickly is an indication that the drain is clogged or backed up.
  • Listen for any excessive noise and watch for bubbles coming up when water is draining down a pipe. These are indicators of plumbing issues.
  • Try to wiggle your toilet. If it moves, you may have leak issues.

If you notice anything in line with what we’ve listed above, call The Pampering Plumber right away.